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This Shabbat:  Balak

 July 5

15 Tammuz 5772


This Shabbat:  Balak

The story of Balaam and his Ass


‘When he arose in the morning, Balaam saddled his ass and departed with the Moabite dignitaries…. When the ass now saw the angel of the Lord, she lay down under Baalam; and Baalam was furious and beat the ass with his stick.’  Numbers 22: 21-27


Balaam’s Ass, Ben Zion, intaglio, 1950

Exhibited in the 2004 show: Talmud in the Art of Ben-Zion and Marc Chagall


Ben Zion (1897-1987) Reared by his father for the rabbinate, Ben Zion Weiman came from Poland to America in 1920. After turning to art (and shortening his name), he became a founding member of The Ten, the 1930’s avant-garde group with actually nine original members: Ben-Zion, Ilya Bolotowsky, Adolph Gottlieb, Louis Harris, Jack Kufeld, Marcus Rothkowitz [Mark Rothko], Louis Schanker. Joseph Solman, and Nahum Tschacbasov.

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